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Sunday Email: Issue 174

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Thirsk Farmers’ Market
TODAY (3 September) – Lots of local independent businesses who are passionate about the things they produce. 9am to 2pm.
St Columba’s Services

  • TODAY (3 September) at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong
  • Sunday 10 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 17 September at !0.45am – Sung Matins
  • Sunday 24 September at 10.45am – Holy Communion
  • Sunday 1 October at 6.30pm – Choral Evensong

Everyone is most welcome to come along for any of these services. Refreshments are served after every Sunday morning service.

Quiz night at the Village Hall
TONIGHT – the Sunday quiz is on at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 8pm. If you fancy testing your general knowledge and later having a chat with friends and neighbours, please come along. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Glasses are available, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show
Despite worries about the erratic weather during this year’s growing season, the range and quality of produce on show at the Topcliffe & Asenby Produce Show at the Village Hall yesterday (2 September), was amazing. There was a stunning array of produce across all categories. A large crowd visited the show and mingled among the many horticultural and other exhibits, had a cup of tea and chatted with competitors, friends and neighbours.

Well done Peter Lowe who was the overall winner in the horticultural section, with 51 points. He also had the ‘Most Firsts’ with 13 category wins. He also won the show last year so he’s proving to be consistent.

Other trophy winners were: Hobbies – Julie Hunt; Floral – Karen Hargreaves and Baking – Fiorella Shepherd. There were very few entries in the Children’s category, but well done to those who did enter.

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part, and especially to the Show Secretary Judith Lowe and all the volunteers who helped ensure the show went smoothly.

Cross Talk
The church magazine for September is now in circulation. You can see a copy here.
There’ll be no ‘open’ session of the library this coming week, but f you want to get some books or exchange ones you have, please pop along at anytime the Village Hall is open (but please ask whoever is using the hall at the time).
Topcliffe Parish Council
There is no meeting of the Parish Council in August. The next meeting will be on Thursday 7 September at 7pm in the Village Hall.
Baby Bubble in Topcliffe
There’s a brand new weekly range of classes for mothers and babies coming soon to Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starting Friday 8 September. Baby Bubble is provided by Rosie Hopps. More information see leaflets here (1 and 2) and for bookings go to or Facebook
Fence painting – helpers needed
Ben Collard is looking for a few volunteers to help paint the white roadside fencing between The Swan and the school on Saturday 9 September. If you have an hour to spare and are happy to help keep our village looking smart and tidy, please come along at 9am. All paint and brushes provided. Meet outside The Swan.
Sutton Bank closure
The A170 at Sutton Bank will be closed for routine maintenance by North Yorkshire Council from 7am Sunday 10 September to 7pm on Sunday 17 September. Diversion routes will be sign posted.
The Tattler – September issue
The September Tattler is now written, designed and at the printers. It will be delivered to all households in our two villages on Tuesday 12 September.
Soup & Sweet Lunch
The next Soup & Sweet lunch will be on Wednesday 13 September in the Village Hall. Lunch served from 11.30am to 12.45pm. There’ll be a selection of tasty soups followed by delicious cakes and bakes and tea or coffee. All welcome. No set charge, but donations welcome.
Public meeting to discuss Asenby play park
Following a village consultation about the play park, parish councillors have collated all replies from the questionnaire and are now planning to hold a meeting for Asenby residents where the results will be revealed and there’ll be discussions about the play area’s future. The meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 September at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
Chip ‘n Dales
The Chip ‘n Dales fish and chip van is in Topcliffe each Friday tea time – 5 to 7pm.
Traders in Topcliffe, Asenby and surrounding area
There’s a wide range of small businesses operating in Topcliffe and Asenby and in close proximity to our two villages. Check them out when you need work doing or a service provided: it’s great to be able to support local! The list is here.
The RItz Cinema, Thirsk

  • To Thursday 7 September – matinee Saturday 2 September – Meg 2: The Trench.
  • Friday 8 to Thursday 14 September – no matinee – Talk To Me.
  • Friday 15 to Thursday 21 September – no matinee – Gran Turismo: From Gamer to Racer.
  • SPECIAL EVENT – Saturday 16 September – Heritage Open Day- free tours of The Ritz, including the projection room. 10am to 5pm, on the hour. No booking required, but ‘first come first served’. Maximum 15 people per tour. Approximately 45 minutes.

Opening times: evenings – doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Matinees doors open 2pm for 2.30pm –

More than a Name on a Memorial
This year marks 100 years since Harrogate’s war memorial was unveiled on 1 September 1923 in a ceremony apparently witnessed by 10,000 spectators.

Like all war memorials, Harrogate’s is of huge historical importance to the town, proudly recording the names of 1163 local brave men and women who died in two world wars. To mark this milestone anniversary, their names are being matched with their personal stories in an immersive exhibition More than a Name on a Memorial, which is on at the West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate until 12 November (Fridays and Saturdays, 10am – 4pm, Sundays 1 – 5pm).

The commemoration plans also include a comprehensive programme of 15 illustrated talks, three music performances two plays and two special film screenings. You can check out all event details at

Thorp Perrow

  • 5 September – Try your hand at the line and wash technique at John Harrison’s Watercolour Workshop.
  • 13 September – Join expert, Paul Holden Ridgway, on a hunt for forest and field-based food and you learn how to forage from nature’s seasonal pantry in a safe and sustainable way. Wear appropriate footwear and outerwear. You may also like to take your own gardening gloves.
  • 19 September – Experience the healing benefits of nature and mindfulness under a canopy of autumn glory, led by Faith Douglas, author of The Nature Remedy and Mindfulness Practitioner.
  • 21 September – Create a seasonal layered planter of floral colour at this autumnal planting workshop. Learn about the right types of bulbs for potting and the practicalities of creating a pot of planted bulbs. Ready for flowering in spring 2024, you’ll take home a concoction that will delight next year.

http://Your Visit (Home) – Thorp Perrow

Rural Arts at The Courthouse in Thirsk

  • NT Live Screening: Fleabag – Thursday 7 September at 7.30pm – written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) . Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life.

http://What’s On – Rural Arts – Arts activities, events and exhibitions

Heritage Open Day
England’s largest history and culture festival takes place during September – and the best part is that every property taking part is free to visit. It’s a great chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. The Heritage Open Days happen between Friday 8 September and Sunday 17 September. Dates, times and booking details for all 178 free properties and events in North Yorkshire are online at
The Repair Cafe
Be greener, avoid waste and save money by letting the team of dedicated and talented volunteers at the Repair cafe try to repair your broken or ‘worn-out’ items. It’s at Thirsk Community Library on Saturday 9 September between 10am and 1pm. No charge but a voluntary donation is welcomed. For further details or if you would like to volunteer, email
Events in Dalton
Pop up Café: There will be a pop-up café on Saturday 9 September from 9.30 until 11am. in the Village Hall. Bacon and sausage sandwiches with tea and coffee. Come along and have a natter with friends and neighbours. There will also be a session of defibrillator training in the committee room at the same time.
St John’s Church Harvest Service: The Harvest Service will be in church on Friday 15 September at 7pm, followed by a supper. All welcome.
Vintage Afternoon Tea: Back after being cancelled last year due to the passing away of Queen Elizabeth. In the church on Saturday 16 September 2pm until 4pm. Come along and have a chat and enjoy sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea and coffee. Donations welcome.
Through the Decades Disco: The disco will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 30 September. Songs from the 60s through to the 2020s. Tickets are £5 available from Eleanor on 07841 036340.
Baldersby St James Book Sale
The annual book sale will be held in the church on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September between10am and 5pm each day. Entrance is free, refreshments will be available. Pop along and browse the thousands of books. If you wish to donate books, please leave them in the church porch.
A Festival of Brass
A free concert at St Mary’s Church, Kirkgate, Thirsk on Sunday 10 September at 3pm. Music by Thirsk Royal British Legion
Band. Refreshments served. Donations to support St Mary’s Church.
Weekly art classes
The next block of six weekly art classes at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall starts on Monday 11 September. These classes, which run for two hours from 10am, are led by talented teacher/artist Rebecca Jayne. She’ll guide you with helpful tips and techniques and support you with creating your own artwork.

Full calendar of dates: Monday 11, 18 and 25 September, and 2, 9 and 16 October. Further details about the sessions will be issued the week before classes start to those who have booked.

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall
The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be on Tuesday 12 September at 7.30pm.
Baldersby Park After-School Club
The popular After-School Club will be returning on Thursday 14 September and running every Thursday until October half-term. Sessions are 3.30 to 4.45pm and the cost is £5 per child. For more information go to
The Cookery Theatre at Stokesley Show
Jack Baldwin, Head Chef at The Angel, is one of six North Yorkshire chefs taking part in a Cookery Theatre at this year’s Stokesley Show on Saturday 23 September. Jack will be ‘performing’ at 2pm. Advance tickets available to purchase at
Independent Thirsk Traders – Craft Fair
The next craft fair at Thirsk Town Hall will be held on Sunday 24 September from 10am to 3pm. There’s a wide range of stalls offering handcrafted items, tombola and refreshments.
‘Pearl of Africa’ Ugandan Children’s Choir
Fundraising Concert, Monday 25 September in St Columba’s Church, Topcliffe, organised in conjunction with Topcliffe Academy. Further details to follow shortly. Save the date.
Music at Junction 50
In the final concert of this year’s Junction 50 festival, four female singers – The All Sorts – will perform on Thursday 28 September at 7pm. This group consists of singers who regularly appear for the likes of Scottish Opera. They offer arias from opera, songs from musical shows and well known items. They are renowned for providing a fun filled evening with audiences begging for more so don’t miss out! Tickets are £12.
Bags2School recycling event
Save the date – Friday 6 October. If you’re having a clear out please save textiles for the regular village recycling event at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall. You can help volunteers raise much-needed funds for the Village Hall and Topcliffe 1st Scouts. Further details to follow nearer the date.
The Topcliffe Big Race Night
Have you bought your tickets for the Topcliffe Big Race Night on Saturday 14 October? They’re on sale now at £7 each from Doug Allan or Topcliffe Post Office. Ticket price includes a two course supper. Each ticket is numbered and there’ll be a draw on the night with top-class prize of a luxurious over night for two at Crab Manor followed by a delicious breakfast. The number who can attend is limited so don’t leave it too late!
Bin Collections

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 7 and 21 September.
  • Refuse – Mondays 11 and 25 September.


  • Refuse – Mondays 4 and 18 September.
  • Garden Waste – Wednesday 6 and 20 September.
  • Recycling – Mondays 11 and 25 September.

You can check dates of collections and subscribe to the Green Waste collection service at

That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.
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